Porsche could ban out-of-hour emails but what other companies already have these policies in place?

German carmakerPorsche may soon follow in the footsteps of rivalsDaimler andVolkswagen by banningout-of-hours emails for its employees.
UweHuck, head of Porsches works council anddeputy chairman of Porsches supervisory board, said the firm's employees should be protected from work-related emails in their free time, and any correspondence between 7pm and 6am should be returned to sender.
He told Germannews agency DPA:To read and reply to emails from the boss during the evenings is unpaid working time which increases stress thats just not acceptable", the FT reported.
A spokesperson for Porsche said: "These are considerations of our workers council, which are in principle worthy of discussion.However, the considerations are at an early stage and the works council and the employers' side are going totalk about it in due course."
Employees have been bombarded without-of-hours emails ever since the introduction of the BlackBerry in the late Nineties andearly Noughties, givingusers access to their emails remotely.
The overuse of digital devices has been blamed for people becomingover-worked, stressed and sleep deprived.
Late last year, the French government pledged to tackle the problem formally, by introducing a new law which obliges employers to guarantee their employees the "right to disconnect"out of hours.OnJanuary 1 2017, the employment law cameinto force, forcing organisations with more than 50 workers to start negotiations to define the rights of employees who want to ignore their phones.
Some large firms, such as Volkswagen, BMWand Daimler in Germany,and Areva and Axa inFrance, have taken matters into their own hands and introduced steps to limitout-of-hours messaging to reduce burnout among workers although some more reluctantly than others.


In 2011,Volkswagen agreed tostop its Blackberry servers sending emails to some of its employees when they finished their shifts,following complaints from staff that theirwork and home lives had becomeblurred.
Under the rules, emails are only forwarded to company smartphones during a shift and for 30 minutes before and after it.


Daimler, the worlds biggest manufacturer of luxury cars, introducedamail-blockingpolicy in 2014 for staff who goon holiday. Anyone who sends an email to someone who is away will receive a"mail on holiday" message that explains that the emailhas not been received, and provides the contact details of an alternative staff member.
Daimler said its employees were free to decide whether they used the system, but it wouldn't record or penalise those who did.


Areva, a French nuclear power company,drew up rules five yearsago to encourage workers todisconnect. While there's no mail-blocking in place, and workers canstill send emails at night, the company launched an education campaign asking employees not to emailbetween 8pmand 8am,or on their days off.
Porsche could ban out-of-hour emails  but what other companies already have these policies in place?

French employees have been given the 'right to disconnect' from emails out of hours under new laws



French insurance firm Axa no longer requires employees to reply to emails sent outside of office hours.


In 2011, Thierry Breton, CEO of French technology firm Atos, banned internal email for its 100,000 employees after finding that staff werecollectively processing tens of thousands of emails each week,with managers spending up to20 hours a week reading and writing messages.
Instead,Atos switched to a thread-based social network without notifications, and retrained managers to encourage employees to promote email-free work systems.
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